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Thirteen students from the Elmsford and Edgemont school districts spilled into the SWBOCES Center for Career Services April 1 to participate in the First Annual Design and Build STEAM Challenge.
The two-hour event, open to students in school districts throughout Westchester, was intended to expose students to the benefits of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education.
Working in small groups, the ninth and 10th-graders were each given authentic problems to solve and were then expected to design and build a specific structure that illustrated a solution to their problem. Each group was also expected to give a three-minute presentation before a panel of judges explaining their design and defending their conclusions.
Certificates were given to all of the competitors and first and second place medals will be sent to those who placed overall and and in their respective categories.
Alexander Hamilton Jr./Sr. High School in Elmsford took the First Place Overall prize in the Design and Build Challenge, with the Edgemont team placing second. AHHS also took first place in the Rube Goldberg Machine competition and first in the “Above and Below and Clean Water” contest.
“Big things usually have small beginnings,” said Mr. Daring, reflecting on the success of the event. “The capacity to learn is increased substantially when students are able to apply their knowledge, and we offered a small number of students the opportunity to do just that with their peers.”